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Health calendar: Smoke-Free Week kicks off Monday; GriefShare holds special meeting on 'Surviving the Holidays'

WHAT: “Red Beans and Rice” show to kickoff for Smoke-Free Week in East Baton Rouge Parish WHEN: 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 WHERE: Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s, 214 Third St., Baton Rouge INFORMATION: DETAILS: The Michael Foster Project will play for this show, which promotes Nov. 16-21 as Smoke-Free Week in… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is meant by reversible dementia?

What is meant by reversible dementia? More than 50 conditions can cause or imitate the symptoms of dementia. A small percentage of dementias are reversible, meaning the symptoms subside and the underlying problem is treated. Traumatic head injuries, occurring from accidents, such as car wrecks or falls, assaults or from sports, such as boxing or… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Is there screening for lung cancer?

Is there screening for lung cancer like there is for other cancers? There are screening guidelines for lung cancer, but they are for those considered high risk. The current guidelines recommend screening, via a spiral CT scan, for those at a high risk based on age and smoking history. Those individuals who should get screened… Continue reading →

Health calendar: HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge meets; healthy holiday recipes topic of diabetes group session

WHAT: Meeting of HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for anyone affected by chronic illness or pain, physical, emotional, visible or invisible. WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: hopekeepersbr/ or (225) 337-1633. DETAILS: The group is nondenominational; all are welcome.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What are some tracking devices for those with Alzheimer's who have wandering behaviors?

What are some suggestions for tracking devices for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia who have wandering behaviors? Wandering in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is very common, and can be dangerous. Six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Many tracking devices are on the market to create a safe and secure environment… Continue reading →

Health calendar: Epilepsy support group meets, free HIV testing available this week in Baton Rouge

WHAT: COPD overview with Dr. Robert M. Chasuk WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Nov. 3. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Baton Rouge General Physicians-Family Health Center, Gehringer Conference Room, second floor, 3801 North Blvd., Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: 1 (800) 561-4127 or visit DETAILS: Event is free and open to the public.… Continue reading →

Rice, gumbo, po-boys: Chef John Besh creates healthier versions of south Louisiana favorites

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Chef John Besh narrates while cooking healthy shrimp etouffee during a seminar on healthy cooking Thursday sponsored by the Baton Rouge General. BRGH dietician Teri Keller Johnson, left, listens while Besh explains his process.

Chef John Besh is famous for creating authentic south Louisiana dishes with all the roux and sausage our style of food demands. With his family’s health in mind, the restaurant owner and television personality works to create more nutritious versions of Cajun and Creole classics. “We have to make healthy also taste good,”… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What should I know about oral cancer?

What should I know about oral cancer? Oral cancer is cancer that forms in any part of the mouth or throat, which includes the lips and tongue. Oral cancer is divided into two types of cancer — oral cavity and oropharyngeal. Oral cavity cancer starts in the mouth; oropharyngeal cancer develops in the throat… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Alzheimer’s group to host Day of Memories

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is holding several events, including A Day of Memories on Sunday at Perkins Rowe, to mark November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. A Day of Memories is an awareness event meant to provide those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families a dementia-friendly space to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment.… Continue reading →

Dreams Come True Organization getting set for debut style show

Photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Nine-year-old Eddie Paul Bearb shows off his Dreams Come True certificate for a trip to Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor. With him are, from left, parents Eddie Paul and Peggy Bearb, Tiffany Guidry and her mother,  Dreams Come True Executive Director Becky Prejean.

On Nov. 22, Dreams Come True will debut their Kids on the Katwalk, and Eddie Paul Bearb, of Cankton, will be one of those walking the runway. Eddie Paul intends to go to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to become a pilot when he’s able. A military history buff at the age of… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What does a 'dementia-friendly community' mean?

What is meant by a “dementia-friendly community”? According to the Alzheimer’s Society, a dementia-friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. Most people with Alzheimer’s or dementia become isolated at home, feeling as… Continue reading →

What does triple negative breast cancer mean?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dionna Chambers, of the American Heart Association, with her disco fever prop,  talks with participants during the American Heart Association 'Hands-Only CPR' tour's stop at the Southern University Ag Center.

What exactly does it mean to have triple negative breast cancer? During initial diagnosis of breast cancer, doctors will perform tests to search for the presence of three receptors or proteins in the cancer cells. These receptors are the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. A positive result for one… Continue reading →

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure?

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure? High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when either systolic or diastolic pressure remains elevated over time. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney damage and stroke and is linked to the increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. In a Johns Hopkins 2013… Continue reading →

Even though South Louisiana becomes Allergen's Paradise during fall, you don't have to leave state to ease allergies

MetroSource file photoFall allergies are usually caused by ragweed and mold, doctors say.

Fall in Louisiana means football, a break from humidity and lots of sniffling and sneezing. Seasonal allergies arrive as the leaves begin falling and the ragweed pollen starts to fly. Allergies don’t let up in south Louisiana just because the temperature cools down, said Dr. Sami Bahna, chief of allergy and immunology at LSU Health… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: How does light affect someone with Alzheimer's or dementia?

How does light affect someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Studies by researchers at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York showed that light therapy tailored to increase the circadian stimulation during the day benefitted individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia living in long-term care settings. Produced by natural… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: Do individuals with Alzheimer's disease feel pain?

Do individuals with Alzheimer’s disease feel pain? Alzheimer’s disease does not cause pain itself, but a person with the disease can experience pain from other sources. It is a great challenge to assess if the affected person is having pain because of the obstacles he/she faces in communication. There are, however, signs… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Are there different types of breast cancer?

Are there different types of breast cancer? There are many different types of breast cancer. In general, breast cancer is either noninvasive or invasive and originates in one of two parts of the breasts — the lobules or the milk ducts. If the cancer is noninvasive, or in situ, that means the… Continue reading →

Follow these tips to stay healthy while eating out

Photo provided by ButterballSet up a Sweet Potato Bar and let guests select the toppings for their baked sweet potatoes.

We love to eat out. Americans, on average, consume about one-third of their calories away from home, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and we spend about $50 billion a year in restaurants. Those who eat out more often are more likely to gain weight, studies… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Autism Speaker seminars to give tips for law officers, caregivers

When Dennis Debbaudt trains law enforcement officers about working with people who have autism, he never says exactly what a person with the disorder “will” do. “Each person is unique and may act or react differently,” Debbaudt said. “It’s difficult for me to use the word ‘will.’ If I say people with autism ‘will do this,’… Continue reading →

Genetics make up just small portion of cancer causes

Associated Press/U.S. National Cancer Institute photo -- Humans have 46 chromosomes, as seen in the image from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Each chromosome contains genes, but genes comprise only 2 percent of DNA. But many worry that those genes could lead to a cancer diagnosis.

From pollution to processed foods, we worry that much of modern life causes cancer. For many, the scariest cause of cancer is the one we cannot change — the genes that make up who we are. But cancers caused by a gene inherited from your family make up only 5 to 10 percent of… Continue reading →

Christopher Kennedy Lawford to speak about his addiction, sobriety at O’Brien House fundraiser

Photo provided by KAREN KENDIG --- Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Christopher Kennedy Lawford describes himself as the product of an “addictive perfect storm.” The eldest child and only son of Patricia Kennedy (sister of slain President John F. Kennedy) and actor Peter Lawford, the 60-year-old says addiction runs in both sides of his family. He’ll talk about his battles and his sobriety at the O’Brien House breakfast… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What do I need to know about ovarian cancer?

What is ovarian cancer? A malignant tumor that begins in the ovaries is called ovarian cancer. There are several types of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer that begins on the surface of the ovary (epithelial carcinoma) is the most common type. Ovarian cancer that begins in the egg-producing cells (germ cell tumors) and cancer that begins in… Continue reading →

Health briefs for Sept. 28, 2015: Breast cancer session, Mini Health Fair

Chicago Tribune/TNS photo by KAREN ANN CULLOTTA -- Students at Windsor Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Ill., including Adam Boesen, 10, are learning this year with the help of so-called classroom fit stations, including standing desks, exercise bikes and elliptical machines.

WHAT: Think Pink: An Overview of Breast Cancer WHEN: Noon, Friday, Oct. 2. Registration starts at 11 a.m. WHERE: Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library, Meeting Room, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: Deadline to register is Oct. 1. Call (800) 561-4127 or DETAILS: Dr. R. Kim Meiners will speak.… Continue reading →

Q&A: What do women need to know about cervical cancer?

What are some facts about cervical cancer? According to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer found in women, and it usually starts in the cells on the surface of the cervix, the organ connecting the uterus and the vagina. It is a slow-growing cancer that may not… Continue reading →

Q&A: How are amyloid plaques related to Alzheimer’s disease?

What are amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles as related to Alzheimer’s disease? The accumulation of amyloid plaques found between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain is one of the characteristic traits of Alzheimer’s disease. The other hallmarks of the disease are the insoluble twisted fibers found inside the brain cells, which are called neurofibrillary tangles. The… Continue reading →

Health briefs for Sept. 21, 2015: Immunization sessions, cancer screenings and more in south Louisiana

WHAT: Immunization overview WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Sept. 22. Registration starts at 11 a.m. WHERE: Baton Rouge General Physicians-Family Health Center, Gehringer Conference Room, second floor, 3801 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: 1 (800) 561-4127 or visit DETAILS: Dr. Robert M. Chasuk will speak. Free and open to the public.… Continue reading →

'It helps you win that fight': Cancer Center's artwork chosen to help patients heal emotionally

Photo provided by Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center -- 'Reflecting Above' by Elise Morris hangs in the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Most of the art chosen for the cancer center represents a view of nature.

To fight cancer, doctors commonly use radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. One Baton Rouge treatment center is also prescribing art. At Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, carefully chosen artwork helps soothe patients and their families. And creative programs teaching artistic endeavors — from flower arranging to painting… Continue reading →

Q&A: How can I help my child return to school after cancer treatments?

My child is returning to school for the first time after completing cancer treatments. What are some things I should be aware of? It’s important to communicate concerns you have with the school staff (principal, teachers, nurses, counselors) and to stay in touch with members of your child’s treatment team. You should make sure they understand… Continue reading →

Understand the risks, reasons for deep brain stimulation therapy

What is deep brain stimulation? Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is a concept that dates back 70 years, but has only been in clinical use since the 1990s. The DBS device, or implant, is much like a pacemaker. The neurostimulator is a battery-operated device that generates mild electrical impulses, and it is… Continue reading →

Health briefs for Sept. 14, 2015

WHAT: Learn how to perform CPR and AED emergency procedures WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 WHERE: EBR Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge DETAILS: Classes will cover instruction on how to administer CPR and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator. Certification… Continue reading →

As anxiety morphs into ‘modern plague’ here are some tips to help combat it

MetroSource photoThe high-pace lifestyle of modern life breeds anxiety, doctors say.

Anxiety has become a “modern plague,” some psychologists say, with our apprehension and stress growing as our world moves ever faster. These feelings of uncertainty, fear or nervousness are “intertwined through our lives,” says social worker Stephen Aguillard. “The way we live our lives today, people live with anxiety,” says Aguillard. Smartphones have permanently… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge health calendar for Sept. 10-14

WHAT: Prostate, breast and colorectal cancer screenings offered by Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center WHEN: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 WHERE: Gardere Initiative, 8435 Ned Ave., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: Required for breast screenings. Call (225) 215-1234.… Continue reading →

Heath briefs for Aug. 17, 2015

WHAT: Capital Area Human Services is offering Lunch N’ Learn sessions on anxiety WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 WHERE: CAHS main clinic sites — Center for Adult Behavioral Health, Building 2, 4615 Government St., Baton Rouge; Margaret Dumas Mental Health Center, Conference Room, 3843 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge; Gonzales Mental Health… Continue reading →